Choosing An Automatic Pool Cleaner

Choosing The Right Cleaner

Pool cleaners are great as they allow pool owners to cut back on a large portion of pool maintenance, but which type of cleaner is right for your pool? When looking at pool cleaners, there are three different types: suction, pressure, and robotic cleaners. Take a look below to find out the pros and cons to each cleaner type to help you better decide.

Suction Pool Cleaners

Suction Pool Cleaner

Suction cleaners work with the dedicated suction line in your pool, if applicable, or connect to your pool’s skimmer. They utilize the filter pump’s suction to propel the cleaner throughout the pool. This allows the cleaner to vacuum and clean the pool surface, eliminating dirt and debris from your pool.

Pros:

  • Lower Cost
  • Fewer Moving Parts
  • Easy Maintenance

Cons:

  • Increased Dirt And Debris Load On Filter, Increasing The Pressure
  • Requires The Filter Pump To Operate

Pressure Pool Cleaners

Pressure Side Pool Cleaner

Pressure cleaners utilize existing pressure side water flow to propel the cleaner throughout your pool. The water returned back into your pool fuels the cleaner, but some models require an additional booster pump to run. Unlike suction cleaners, pressure side cleaners do not use your pool's filtration system to filter out debris. Pressure cleaners use a filtration bag to contain dirt and debris, relieving pressure and wear on your filtration system.

Pros:

  • Lower Cost
  • Easy Maintenance
  • Lowers Dirt And Debris Load on the Filter

Cons:

  • Can Require An Extra Booster Pump
  • Requires The Filter Pump To Operate

Robotic Pool Cleaners

Robotic Pool Cleaners

Robotic pool cleaners do not use your existing pool equipment and run off the power from your house. They free up pressure on your pool equipment and reduce overall power costs and consumption while providing superior cleaning power. Robotic pool cleaners support simple "plug and play" operation and pick up large and small debris in the built-in filtration system. Often times, robotic pool cleaners clean and scrub the pool floor, steps and even the waterline, eliminating the need to clean your pool walls with a brush. The reduced maintenance and wear on pool equipment makes robotic pool cleaners ideal for most pools.

Pros:

  • Superior Cleaning
  • Energy Efficient
  • Eliminates Wear on Pool Equipment

Cons:

  • Higher Upfront Cost
  • Requires Emptying The Built-In Filter